Sunday, October 26, 2008

Goodbye, Blue Monday - 7"

goodbye, blue monday's self titled 7"

I am originally from Pennsylvania. During my search for various emo bands I've invested time in finding groups that originated there. Frail, The Spirit Assembly, Ethel Meserve all of these bands have been groups I've grown to love mainly because of their association with my home state. Goodbye, Blue Monday is an off shoot of Frail in some form. I originally got this record from a blog post on Used Bin Forever. The album represents that midwest emo sound that is so prevalent in many Pennsylvania bands like Frail and Ethel Meserve. The group isn't as spastic as Cap'n Jazz or Spy vs. Spy instead relying on building up more melodic portions in the style of more indie based groups like Mineral and The Get-Up Kids. Great pretty unknown record though. 'Chicago Coin' is clearly the highlight.

Goodbye, Blue Monday - Goodbye, Blue Monday (1996)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

90 Day Men - 1975 - 1997 - 1978

90 Day Men's '1975-1997-1978'
If 90 Day Men is a name unfamiliar to you I suggest that you immediately download 'To Everybody' and 'Panda Park'. Uniquely progressive 90 Day Men over their three album career produced a variety of sounds and coming off somewhat as a psychedelic post-hardcore band. '1975-1997-1978' is devoid of all those fancy genre names though acting somewhat as the strict derivative of Louisville and the respective Chicago math rock scenes. 'Sink Potemken' comes off much like a Slint b-side. Opener 'My Trip to Venus' foreshadows the band's pop sensibility anchoring everything dissonant and unpleasant out of the math rock genre and coming off as entirely beautiful. Reference points are made on 'Streamlines and Breadwinners' to the legendary Vidablue or Ten Grand how ever you wish to label them. Conclusion 'Hey, Citronella!' reveals the progressive tendencies that the band would fully build on with their first LP. Fantastic EP and definitely a great foreshadow for the rest of the band's career.

90 Day Men
'Sweater Queen' reminds me of a mid '90s emo song. The band comes off sounding like a more placcid Maximillian Colby and that is probably a good description for this entire album. Although I think it would certainly be a stretch to label the band as 'emo', they certainly ride that line between post-hardcore and emo very well.

90 Day Men - '1975-1997-1978' (1998)

Monday, October 13, 2008

a moment for..

fugazi's 'long divsion'

"it's a long time coming,
it's a long way down,
it's long division,
crack and divide.
this is a parting,
some separation,
we lay in pieces,
cracked to survive.
i'm not your villain,
not your adversary,
i'm not your reason to crack and divide.
it's long division,
crack and divide."

-fugazi - 'long division'